Letter: Island County Drug Court provides needed learning opportunities

Editor,

Kudos to Judges Alan Hancock and Vickie Churchill for speaking up for the wisdom their Drug Court has applied to our American system of justice.

As a former cop from another state and occasional volunteer mentor for our Island County Drug Courts, I was glad to see how the old short term toss-‘em-in-the-slammer-and-forget-‘em remedy was finally getting improved for longer term effectiveness.

Another thing that impressed me was how so many offenders come from broken and dysfunctional homes.

Most didn’t have the upbringing most of us were blessed with. Many were introduced and hooked on drugs by their own parents.

Life is a learning opportunity for all of us. The courts are basically providing highly disciplined but needed learning opportunities to those who for whatever reasons “missed that boat.”

For most participants, the mere feeling that someone actually cares enough to hear them out often comes as a startling surprise worth reconsidering the downward spiral they’re in.

The idea that a judge is willing to look deeper than just surface considerations comes as an opportunity of a lifetime … and is.

While it may not work for all, it sure beats the old slam-bang treatment, saves taxpayer money, reduces harm to the rest of us, gives hope and often rescues individuals from a dismal future.

Our law enforcement leaders tell us that 99-plus percent of property crimes are due to substance abuse.

Al Williams,

Oak Harbor

More in Opinion

Cartoon for Sept. 15, 2018

Cartoon for Sept. 15, 2018… Continue reading

Letter: Reasons are many to go see ‘Daddy Long Legs’

Editor, My husband and I greatly enjoyed the current production at Whidbey… Continue reading

Letter: Please help to re-open city’s swimming pool

Editor, It’s beyond embarrassing that a city the size of Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Letter: Growler noise will turn Coupeville a ghost town

Editor, I love living in Coupeville. My daughter thrives in school. It’s… Continue reading

Letter: Be advised, the jets will never leave Whidbey

Editor, In their last desperate throes of achieving a political solution, the… Continue reading

Letter: How about eminent domain as a solution?

Editor, Enough with the arguments about OLF Coupeville. This has gone on… Continue reading

Letter: Concerned by a lack of civil discourse over noise

Editor, I am a Navy veteran and served as a division officer… Continue reading

Editorial: Injustice happens everywhere, even on Whidbey

A report issued by a grand jury in Pennsylvania sent shock waves… Continue reading

Cartoon for Sept. 12, 2018

Cartoon for Sept. 12, 2018… Continue reading

Most Read